Cut costs and control inventory an adaptive business network This book introduces the adaptive business network, a new method of business interaction that offers the ability to respond swiftly to changing market conditions, increase revenue growth, and lower overall cost. In Adapt or Die, the experts from SAP provide a thought-provoking road map to a new business world in which companies are linked together by uniform business processes and standardized software (uniform business processes and standardized software leaves me the impression of being rigid and inflexible, which is contrary to what were trying to say in the book). An adaptive business network allows companies to more precisely control inventory, quickly add or drop trading partners, and produce products and services that mirror actual customer demand. Adapt or Die explores all the vital aspects of the adaptive business network, including: The benefits for your business Ways to prepare your company Implementing the adaptive business network in four steps Its application to specific industries The changes the adaptive business network will bring to the future of business
Table of Contents
Introduction: When Bad Things Happen to Good Companies. Chapter 1: In Search of the Holy Grail. Chapter 2: Seeking Partners for Greater Competitive Advantage. Chapter 3: The Adaptive Business Network Vision. Chapter 4: Roles and Responsibilities within the Network. Chapter 5: Preparing for an Adaptive Business Network. Chapter 6: Step One--Visibility. Chapter 7: Step Two--Community. Chapter 8: Step Three--Collaboration. Chapter 9: Step Four--Adaptability. Chapter 10: The Adaptive Business Network in Practice. Chapter 11: Future Implications of Adaptive Business Networks. Glossary. Notes. Bibliography. About the Author. Index.
CLAUS HEINRICH, PhD, is a Member of the Executive Board of SAP AG, where he is responsible for a range of critical internet supported enterprise software solutions, including mySAP.com applications for supply chain, product lifecycle, and human resources management, as well as for finance and accounting. Heinrich serves as Vice Chairman of SAP's Product and Technology Board and is also responsible for human resources and labor relations at SAP AG. Claus Heinrich has been a member of the Management Science faculty at the University of Mannheim since 1988 and teaches there in the field of supply chain management. BOB BETTS has worked in the information technology field for over twenty years, on projects including the first- and second-generation IBM PCs, the World Wide Military Command Control System, the NASA Hubble Space Telescope, and the NASA Space Station Freedom. Since 1985, Betts has worked globally as a company employee and as a consultant on supply chain and related business issues.